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Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for February 1, 2011 from Len Berman at ThatsSports.com.

1. Quick Hits

* Yippee! Today is media day at the Super Bowl.
* Going to the Super Bowl to escape the rotten weather? Freezing rain and ice cancel schools in Dallas today. They have a retractable roof for the game, unlike the Meadowlands in 2014.
* Strength coach Sal Alosi resigns from the Jets. He was suspended indefinitely after tripping a Dolphins player during a punt return.
* LeBron James and the Heat beat Cleveland in Miami, 117-90. It's the 21st consecutive loss for James' former team. They lost 21 games all of last season.
* For the first time in the history of women's tennis, the top 10 ranked players are from 10 different countries. That may never happen in the history of women's golf.

2. Media Day

Today's the day in Dallas. The Super Bowl players will parade out and zillions of media types will ask a bunch of stuff. Some predictions. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will say "football questions only," nothing about his personal life. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will say "he's not at a disadvantage," having not played in a Super Bowl before. And both coaches will talk about how much "respect they have for the other team's defense." Admit it. You miss Rex Ryan.

3. No-Star Game

Wow, you guys really teed off on my Facebook page, "Len Berman's Top 5." I asked if the Pro Bowl and NHL All Star Game are really necessary?

* From David L. "Hockey without checking and football without hitting are not what those sports are."

*Jay S. only cares for baseball's All Star Game. "Basketball & hockey don't play defense and the NFL's Pro Bowl might as well be playing flag or 2-hand touch."

*From Ed G. "I guess there were two no hitters last Sunday."

*And from Gary A. "There was a Pro Bowl?
Editor's note: You guys are more entertaining than the games.

4. Numbers Game

Now that we've all had our little fun at the expense of the Pro Bowl, try this on for size. The game did a 7.7 TV rating on FOX. Game 3 of the 2010 World Series drew a 6.7 rating. So more people watched a meaningless, poorly played exhibition game than watched a pivotal game in the crown jewel of our "National Pastime." Whoever said "there's no accounting for taste" must have been a sports fan.

5. This Just In

Yesterday I mentioned the Akron Aeros, the Cleveland Indians Double-A affiliate. They are offering a "Three Dog Night" at the concession stands this season. A "hot dog stuffed inside a bratwurst, stuffed inside a kielbasa, topped with sauerkraut and mustard, and served on a hoagie roll." Thanks to Top 5 subscriber John G. that's not all the Aeros have to offer. They also just announced the "Nice 2 Meat You" Burger." "A colossal creation - 1 1/4 lb. hamburger, stuffed with a 1/2 lb. hot dog, and 1/4 lb. of bacon, cheese, and onions." My daughter, the nutritionist, says the two items total over 6,000 calories. That's nearly triple what a person should consume in one day. Adds subscriber Ira T. "For each four-bagger the team hits, fans should receive a voucher for a quadruple-bypass. They're gonna need it!"


Happy Birthday: He won two World Series with Baltimore, and two more with the Yankees. Outfielder Paul Blair. 67.
Bonus Birthday: Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie. 43. And separated at birth, Pauly Shore. 43.

Today in Sports: Barry Bonds of the Pirates signs the biggest single season contract in baseball history worth $4.7 million. 1992.
Bonus Event: The famous "Wardrobe Malfunction" at the Super Bowl with Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson. Oy. 2004.

I'll be on NBC's Today Show Wednesday morning during the 10AM hour with Super Bowl trivia.

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